Verlorenvlei Estuary

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A4i (1998)
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Area: 1,700 ha

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2012 high very unfavourable low
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Site summary
Verlorenvlei is a closed coastal estuarine-lake and marsh system fed by an intermittent allogenic river. The estuary mouth lies along the Atlantic Ocean. Verlorenvlei is one of the largest natural wetlands along southern Africa's west coast, and it is one of the few coastal freshwater lakes in South Africa. The wetland regularly supports over 5 000 birds and occasionally it holds over 20 000, including over a thousand waders of at least 11 different species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Verlorenvlei Estuary. Downloaded from on 03/12/2022.